Pope: If Trump is true ‘pro-lifer,’ he should keep DACA

Pon­tiff op­poses re­moval of chil­dren from fam­i­lies.

The Palm Beach Post - - MORE OF TODAY’S TOP NEWS - By Tracy Wilkin­son

Pope Fran­cis has urged Pres­i­dent Trump to re­con­sider re­vok­ing DACA if he con­sid­ers him­self a true “pro-lifer.”

Speak­ing to re­porters as he flew back to Rome af­ter sev­eral days in Colombia, Fran­cis said late Sun­day that Trump’s de­ci­sion to end le­gal pro­tec­tions for peo­ple brought to the coun­try il­le­gally as chil­dren would split fam­i­lies, “the cradle of life.”

“I have heard the pres­i­dent of the United States speak,” the pope said, ac­cord­ing to news ac­counts.

“He presents him­self as a pro-life man. If he is a good pro-lifer, he should un­der­stand that the fam­ily is the cradle of life and you must de­fend its unity.”

Trump said last week he had de­cided to ter­mi­nate the De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals pro­gram in six months. He urged Congress to re­place it in that time.

The Obama-era mea­sure pro­vides work per­mits and other le­gal doc­u­ments to 800,000 young im­mi­grants who were brought to the United States il­le­gally as chil­dren, and pro­tects them from de­por­ta­tion.

“Re­mov­ing young peo­ple from their fam­ily is not a thing that bears good fruit, nei­ther for the young per­son nor the fam­ily,” the pope said.

Fran­cis has pre­vi­ously crit­i­cized Trump’s ea­ger­ness to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mex­ico and his de­ci­sion to with­draw from the Paris cli­mate ac­cord.

Dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign last year, the pon­tiff said a per­son “who only thinks about build­ing walls” is “not Chris­tian.”

Trump re­sponded that it was “dis­grace­ful” for the pope to ques­tion his faith.

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